The Conference of Drama Schools comprises
Britain’s 22 leading Drama Schools.
CDS exists in order to strengthen the
voice of the member schools, to set and
maintain the highest standards of training
within the vocational drama sector, and
to make it easier for prospective students
to understand the range of courses on
offer and the application process.
Founded in 1969, the member schools
offer courses in Acting, Musical Theatre,
Directing and Technical Theatre training.
Graduates of CDS courses are currently
working on stage, in front of the camera
and behind the scenes in theatres and
studios across Britain.
CDS members offer courses that are:
PROFESSIONAL – you will be trained
to work in the theatre by staff with
professional experience and by visiting
professionals. Students have the opportunity
to work in professional theatres and
INTENSIVE – courses are full-time
WORK ORIENTATED – you are being
trained to do a job – although
courses lead to an academic qualification,
including degrees and masters degrees
– these courses are practical
training for work.